Phipps Choral Society

A harmonious event. Each spring, engage in some of history’s most monumental choral music. Join The Phipps Choral Society as they perform timeless works from the great composers – Handel, Mozart, Brahms, Vivaldi, and others.

The Phipps Choral Society (formerly the Oratorio Society), in collaboration with Bethel Lutheran Church, Hudson, and Skip James, Bethel Director of Music, will present Handel’s Messiah on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2107. The performing forces will include chamber orchestra, Choral Society chorus, and professional soloists Angela Grundstad, soprano; Margaret Jane Wray, alto; Aaron Humble, tenor; and James Bohn, bass. The performance, led by Skip James, will be given at Bethel’s downtown site, 920 Third Street, Hudson, Wisconsin.

  • No auditions are necessary to be a member of the Choral Society chorus, however a good grasp of basic musicianship skills will be of definite benefit to interested singers.
  • Singers are expected to attend the eight weekly rehearsals (two absences are permitted) and the final rehearsal with orchestra and soloists.
  • Weekly chorus rehearsals, under the direction of Choral Society director Thomas Dahle, will begin Sunday, February 12, at 2:30 p.m. in the Music Studio of The Phipps Center.
  • The final rehearsal with soloists and orchestra is tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning, April 8.
  • A $20 membership fee is collected from each participant to help with production costs for the performance.

  • Choruses to be included in the performance are: And the glory of the Lord; O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings; For Unto us a Child is Born; Glory to God; His Yoke is Easy; Behold the Lamb of God; He Trusted in God; Hallelujah; Since by Man Came Death; and Worthy is the Lamb-Amen. The chorus will use the G. Schirmer edition of Messiah. Singers may use their own such edition or will be provided one from The Choral Society’s library.

    The Phipps Choral Society strives to provide singers and audiences in the St. Croix Valley the opportunity to sing and hear performances of great choral and orchestral music.

    Thomas Dahle, Music Director since 1993, received his degree in instrumental and vocal music from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He has been a member of The Minnesota Chorale and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Chorale. Performances with these groups, in concert with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Minnesota Orchestra, have given him rehearsal and performance experience with world-renowned conductors Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Jeffrey Tate, Eiji Oue, Hugh Wolff, Andrew Litton, Harry Bicket, Nicholas McGegan, Douglas Boyd, Kathy Romey, and Dale Warland.